Donald Trump’s plan to protect our nation from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism has always included a very necessary, yet temporary, ban on travel to and from certain terror-linked nations in order to create and implement an “extreme vetting” process that would help to ensure that the evil doers are strolling into our nation alongside your average traveler. While his first two attempts at using an executive order to begin the temporary halt have been struck down by federal judges, the second by a judge who just happened to be meeting with Obama soon after, the President received some good news on Friday afternoon when a third federal judge weighed in.
A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday against blocking President Trump’s executive order that called for temporarily stopping the entry of immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations and refugee admittance overall.
The decision against the injunction comes after federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked the implementation of Trump’s executive order nationwide. The ruling in Maryland is set to be heard before an appeals court in May. These two past decisions keep the order at bay.
Judge Anthony Trenga of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Trump was within his legal rights to impose the travel ban and that it was not discriminatory toward Muslims. The injunction had been brought forward by Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who was represented by an attorney from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
While this ruling does not automatically allow Trump to reinstate his precautionary order, it does open the door for further legal wrangling that could, in turn, lead to a safer nation.